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Old 11-03-2007, 12:40 AM
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Default Change clocks, change batteries

It's that time of year again.

When you change your clocks tomorrow night, it's a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detector, and test it to ensure it works. Check the manual, some may need dusting or other periodic maintenance. Your local fire department may offer assistance too.

Although the batteries may be ok, it's still good to replace them. Nothing worse than the battery dying in a few months when you really need it.
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Old 11-03-2007, 08:36 AM
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Thanks for posting the reminder ..................
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Old 11-03-2007, 09:27 AM
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I never understood the change batteries thing during time change -- my smoke detectors will "chirp" when the batteries get low. I change them when that occurs.
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I never understood the change batteries thing during time change -- my smoke detectors will "chirp" when the batteries get low. I change them when that occurs.
You must not have helpful and resourceful kids then. Last winter I happened to notice that one of our smoke detectors was hanging open. Hmm, it wasn't that way last time I looked... After closer inspection, it didn't have a battery in it. Oh well, I put one in and went about my business. About a month later, the same thing happened!

I had to start asking about it then. It appears that the chirping noise bothered my 7 year old when he was playing his video games. So, he figured how to get a 6' step ladder out of the closet, climb up the ladder, open the detector, and that removing the battery stopped the annoying noise.
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Old 11-03-2007, 11:32 AM
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I never understood the change batteries thing during time change -- my smoke detectors will "chirp" when the batteries get low. I change them when that occurs.
Because some people don't hear them chirp, or they are chirping in a back room. Or they've been dead for two years.

And, a few extra batteries are cheap insurance...

At a minimum, it is good to test the detector, and make sure it is clean, maintained ect.

There are WAY too many fires that happen in houses where there are dead batteries in the detectors, or the detector is not working. Some even have limited useful lives(have seen 5 and 10 year for example).
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I never understood the change batteries thing during time change -- my smoke detectors will "chirp" when the batteries get low. I change them when that occurs.
Yeah, why insure your family's safety when you can save .50 cents? Afterall, electronic devices never fail, right?
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No, I see GBs point. I too didnt understand why. Thanks for the explanation it does make sense and I will change them all today. Thanks.
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Old 11-03-2007, 04:51 PM
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Yeah, why insure your family's safety when you can save .50 cents? Afterall, electronic devices never fail, right?
Hey, what if we just change the batteries on the 1st of EACH month. That must insure more safety, right?
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Oregon is not promoting the "Change your batteries" part this year. Since 1998 all smoke detectors sold in Oregon have required 10 year Lithium batteries. This year they just want people to test their smoke detectors.
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Ok just changed the batteries in my smoke detectors. Whats funny is the one in my sons room I tested it before I changed the batteries. After the test I pulled it off the ceiling (Twists on and off battery compartment door on back) anyway As I was trying to get the batt cover off the detector chirped. I put it on the table and went to the next one. It chirped again. So the battery was so low that just the "PROLONGED test I gave it and telling my kids what to do if they here this noise was enough for it to drain the rest of the battry low enough to set it to chirping. OK all batts changed. Thanks for the tip. Once a year is a good idea and is cheap insurance.
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Hey, what if we just change the batteries on the 1st of EACH month. That must insure more safety, right?
Don't be a dumbass.
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Thanks for the reminder about the clocks. My detectors are ok as I have the type that don't need batteries
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Thanks for the reminder about the clocks. My detectors are ok as I have the type that don't need batteries
Holy Crap!!! I just ran a Coke through my nose and onto my lap. That is F'n funny!!!!
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Old 11-03-2007, 09:47 PM
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I had to start asking about it then. It appears that the chirping noise bothered my 7 year old when he was playing his video games. So, he figured how to get a 6' step ladder out of the closet, climb up the ladder, open the detector, and that removing the battery stopped the annoying noise.
I thought you were going to say that he was taking the batteries out of the detectors every time one of his toys went dead and he needed a new battery.
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I never understood the change batteries thing during time change -- my smoke detectors will "chirp" when the batteries get low. I change them when that occurs.
This isn't right but I'm agreeing with GB. How embarrassing...

I overdo it with detectors. When I stand in the center of the upstairs (bedroom) hall, there's 5 plus a CO detector within 10' of me. The other floors have the same setup.

The most annoying part is when one starts chirping, it takes awhile to figure out which one it is since there's so many and they're so close.

They do get regular tests and annual replacement.
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Good timing on this thread. Got called in on a fire early this morning (2 alarm, all firefighters must report) at a large house, parents not home, teenage kids and their friends were the only ones home. House was fully involved within 4 minutes of dispatch, everyone got out because of smoke alarms. House was total loss. Read about it here.
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Screw it man. Im turning the clocks forward and tossing out my fire detectors. :pirate:
You can follow the fall back clock thing and battery thing... but thats exactly what the aliens want us to do. :spacecraft:
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Screw it man. Im turning the clocks forward and tossing out my fire detectors. :pirate:
You can follow the fall back clock thing and battery thing... but thats exactly what the aliens want us to do. :spacecraft:
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Holy Crap!!! I just ran a Coke through my nose and onto my lap.
I missed the picture in this thread when it was originally posted, but just did the same thing when I saw it... except it was Diet Sprite.
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